The City of San Juan Capistrano Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to increase individual and community preparedness and self-reliance in the event of man-made or natural disasters. CERT volunteers are trained in emergency procedures and are duly registered as Disaster Service Workers in accordance with the California Government Code and the City of San Juan Capistrano Municipal Code.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program, has been implemented in many communities across the country. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has officially recognized CERT as an important part of a community's disaster preparedness readiness.
CERT training encompasses the following:
- Disaster Preparedness
- Terrorism Awareness
- Fire Safety
- Disaster Medical Operations
- Light Search and Rescue
- Disaster Psychology
- Disaster Communications
- Team Organization
- Disaster Simulation
The disaster preparedness training is offered free to the community. 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training will prepare the student for all types of hazards and disasters.
Fall 2017 CERT classes will be held for 6 consecutive Wednesday nights beginning, September 27 through November 1, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. will be the final day culminating with a disaster simulation using skills learned.
Spring 2018 CERT classes will be held for 6 consecutive Monday nights, 6:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m. beginning January 29 thru March 5, 2018. Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. will be the final day culminating with a disaster simulation using skills learned.
Sign-up on the application below. Details with location information will be provided to applicants by email.